Highlights of the year to come
by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
Goodbye 2017, and hello 2018! Here are some of the highlights of what’s to come.
In the District
Dog park renovations:
We had a fantastic community meeting in December with Rec. and Park and many
resident dog owners, who are helping to guide the planning process for renovations to
the Fulton Street and 38th Avenue dog park – and it’s not too late to get involved!
Please take the time to fill out the survey at http://bit.ly/2DTqEUi. Many thanks to
Assemblymember Phil Ting for the funding to make this a reality;
March will be the first District 1 Disaster Preparedness Month! I am working closely
with the Department of Emergency Management to roll out a month of activities,
ensuring residents are aware of how to prepare for emergencies and how to sign up for
a disaster alert text messaging service. In March, we’ll make sure our collective
community is safe and cared for;
Homelessness has become increasingly visible in the Richmond District, and I
appreciate the thoughtful e-mails that I have received from concerned residents.
During this season, I, like many of you, have been most worried about single
elders who are sleeping outside and are vulnerable to the winter elements. While there
is no a single policy solution for such a complex issue, addressing homelessness in the
Richmond, with support from the Department of Homelessness, is a top priority for me.
Stay tuned for more on this issue;
This year we are excited to be working on the launch of our #OneRichmond initiative –
designed to build community and neighborhood unity despite language, age, ethnicity,
geography or length of time in the neighborhood.
Residents will be hearing much more about #OneRichmond in the coming weeks, and
we are excited for a launch event in the summer. Also, look for more info. on the annual
Richmond Community Health Fair and Autumn Moon Festival in the coming months.
Inside City Hall
My office is working on several legislative issues you might be interested in, including:
• Vacant storefronts hearing (Thursday, Jan. 11): There are certain Richmond storefronts
that have consistently remained vacant, creating a blight on our otherwise vibrant
commercial corridors. In response, I’ve called for a hearing on commercial vacancies
and property owner compliance, to discuss strategies for increasing compliance
with existing anti-vacancy laws and addressing this frustrating issue;
• Hearing on emergency water supply systems (TBD in January): I have been pushing
for the best, most reliable water system for the Richmond in the case of catastrophic
fires. This hearing will focus on the SF Public Utilities Commission’s long-awaited
independently reviewed report on emergency water supply systems;
• Good food purchasing hearing (Wednesday, Jan. 24): I’ve called for a hearing on the
good food purchasing policy adopted by the SF Unified School District, which prioritizes
healthy, sustainable practices for food procurement. My office has been exploring the
possibility of adopting good food purchasing standards for the City, particularly
for our hospitals and jails;
• Public municipal bank (TBD in February): This hearing will include a presentation from
a report exploring the creation of a San Francisco public bank, which could provide
financing for affordable housing developments or low-interest loans for residents and
• Tenant protections: With the Richmond facing such a high rate of evictions, protecting
tenants will be a priority issue for me this year. I am working on legislation to prohibit
landlords – in particular, new corporate landlords who are buying up apartment
buildings – from passing their debt service on to tenants, a practice that significantly
increases baseline rents for tenants while allowing exploitative
practices from large landlords.
Staff transitions: I am so happy to have ended my first year as District 1 supervisor with
a phenomenal team. I’d like to acknowledge Nick Pagoulatos who, as a legislative aide for
the District 1 office for the past five years, has been an incredible asset. Nick is
transitioning out of my office and we wish him well on his new adventures!
Joining our office in January is Ian Fregosi, a Richmond resident and policy wonk who
has worked on budget, tax and housing issues. I am thrilled that he will be joining our
Additionally, Angelina Yu will be going on maternity leave in February. Our intern,
Nicholas Persky, will continue on our team; please don’t hesitate to reach out to
any of us:
• Sandra Lee Fewer: (415) 554-7410, Sandra.Fewer@sfgov.org;
• Angelina Yu: (415) 554-7411, Angelina.Yu@sfgov.org;
• Chelsea Boilard: (415) 554-7413, Chelsea.Boilard@sfgov.org;
• Ian Fregosi: (415) 554-7412, Ian.Fregosi@sfgov.org.
Our office hours are Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.-noon., at the Park Presidio United
Methodist Church, 4301 Geary Blvd. Please stop by and say hello.
San Francisco lost a civil rights champion and dedicated civil servant in December. The
passing of Mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco’s first Chinese- American mayor, is an
enormous loss for our City. It has been a pleasure to get to know him during the past
year; he and I both came from hard-working, low-income Chinese-American families
and we both lost our fathers at a young age. Mayor Lee was a humble and tireless public
servant and it has been an honor to work with him during my first year in office. He will
be greatly missed and my heart goes out to his wife and daughters during this time.
Moving forward, we at City Hall will be working hard to continue the important work of
serving the City, and I look forward to beginning a new year with you all.
Sandra Lee Fewer is a San Francisco supervisor representing District 1.